A new poll has shown that Britons think Prince Harry and soon-to-be Royal, Meghan Markle, are now considered the most relatable members of the Royal Family.
The poll, which quizzed 2311 people on their opinions of the Royal Family, shows Brits believe that Prince Harry is the most relatable Royal, or most ‘in tune with the public’, taking 32% of the vote, and his fiancee the next most-relatable, with 29% of the vote.
31% of those who could relate to Ms Markle said it was because she was an actress in the public eye before her engagement to Harry, while 14% said it was because she was down to earth and 11% because she was a feminist. Meghan’s comments at the recent Royal Foundation Forum certainly speak to this.
But 72% admitted they would not like to see the couple as King and Queen (it would take an immense tragedy for this to occur), with 61% believing such a role would change them too much.
Interestingly, third place is a tie, shared between Princess Beatrice of York and Prince Philip, whom 15% thought were relatable.
Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter is 29 and works in business; she carries out a handful of royal engagements each year to support the small number of charities with which she is affiliated, while The Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal responsibilities in August 2017, after 65 years working at The Queen’s side.
Fifth place went to The Duchess of Cambridge, with 13% of the vote; it seems people (49%) believe she has become less relatable since joining the Royal Family in 2011, when she was then ‘a commoner’. Others thought ‘she never seems to do or say anything’ (28%).
The poll was conducted from 26th February to 3rd March, meaning Catherine’s decision to not wear black to the BAFTA’s (which was a visible sign of support for the Time’s Up campaign) might have influenced this outcome.
Her husband, Prince William, sits down in 8th, with 9% of the vote, and his cousin, Zara, follows Kate in at 6th place.
Only 4% of people found The Queen a relatable figure, down in 12th place; not surprising, considering she has a very unique job and is almost 92 years old! However, Sarah, Duchess of York beat her in 11th place!
Meanwhile, 20% were not entirely sure what the Royal Family did, and 14% felt the Monarchy was an outdated institution (they clearly haven’t visited The Crown Chronicles). However, the latter figure is lower than a number of polls for those who favour a republic in the UK.
George Charles, of, said: “Whether you know what the Monarchy do and whether you love them or not, you can’t deny that they’re a huge attraction in the UK for foreign visitors.
“And I bet most people confess that they’ll find themselves glued to the TV when there’s a royal wedding or something similar. Love or hate them, we’re all a little bit obsessed with them, even if it’s a guilty pleasure of ours.”
The top 15 go:
- Prince Harry – 32%
- Meghan Markle – 29%
- Princess Beatrice of York – 15%
- The Duke of Edinburgh – 15%
- The Duchess of Cambridge – 13%
- Zara Tindall – 12%
- Mike Tindall – 11%
- Prince William Duke of Cambridge – 9%
- Princess Eugenie of York – 6%
- Princess Anne – 5%
- The Duchess of York – 5%
- The Queen – 4%
- The Duchess of Cornwall- 2%
- Prince Andrew Duke of York – 1%
- Prince Edward Earl of Wessex – 1%